Chemistry Newsletter - 11/10/2008

 


University of Wisconsin-Madison

Department of Chemistry Newsletter



XXXII - No. 36 November 10th, 2008

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Laura Kiessling Inducted FELLOW of the Wisconsin Academy of Science, Arts and Letters

On Sunday, November 2, 2008 Professor Laura Kiessling the Hilldale Professor of Chemistry and Laurens Anderson Professor of Biochemistry was inducted Fellow of the Wisconsin Academy of Science, Arts and Letters. The induction ceremony was held at the Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center in Madison. This is the highest level of recognition conferred by the Academy. Fellows of the Wisconsin Academy are elected for their high levels of accomplishment in their fields, for a lifelong commitment to intellectual discourse, and have a career marked by an unusually high order of discovery; technological accomplishments; creative productivity in literature, poetry, or the fine or practical arts; historical analysis; legal or judicial interpretation; or philosophical thinking. The total number of Fellows is limited to 100 at any time. Professor Kiessling is the third UW-Chemistry faculty member to be so honored. Congratulations Laura!

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2008 Dates of Finance/Department Meetings in November and December

Nov. 11: NO MEETING

Nov. 18: Department Meeting

Nov. 25: Finance Committee

Dec. 2: Finance Committee

Dec. 9: NO MEETING

Dec. 16: Department Meeting

Dec. 23: Finance Committee, if necessary

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SEMINARS

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Tuesday, November 11th, 2008 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Patricia Clark, University of Notre Dame. “Using the Free Energy of Folding to Transport Proteins Across a Membrane”

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Tuesday, November 11th, 2008 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Tom Hoye, University of Minnesota.

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Thursday, November 13th, 2008 - Wisconsin Initiative for Science Literacy Public Lecture, 7:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. UW-Madison Vilas Research Professor of Philosophy Elliot Sober. “Darwinism and intelligent Design”

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Thursday, November 13th, 2008 - Theoretical Chemistry Institute Seminar, 1:30 p.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Professor John F. Stanton, University of Texas at Austin. “The Molecule That Doesn't Obey the Rules”

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Tuesday, November 18th, 2008 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Arthur L. Utz, Tufts University. “Bond-Selective Control of a Heterogeneously Catalyzed Reaction”

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Friday, November 21st, 2008 - Department Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor John Moore, UW-Madison. “The Chemical Education Digital Library: A New Online Resource for Teachers and Students”

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Tuesday, November 25th, 2008 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Gerhard Hummer, NIDDK. “Molecules Under Tension: Theory of Single Molecule Force Spectroscopy”

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Monday, December 1st, 2008 - Theoretical Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 8335 Chemistry Building. Professor Wei Yang, Florida State University. “Orthogonal Space Random Walk: A Possible Avenue Leading Biomolecular Simulation to the Quantitative Regime”

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Tuesday, January 20th, 2009 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor David Manolopolus, University of Oxford. “Chemical Reaction Rates from Ring Polymer Molecular Dynamics”

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Tuesday, January 27th, 2009 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Ilan Benjamin, University of California. “Relaxation and Reactions at Water Surfaces”

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Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Bern Kohler, Ohio State University.

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Tuesday, February 10th, 2009 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor William L. Hase, Texas Tech University. “Dynamics and Kinetics of Heat Transfer at Nano-Scale Interfaces”

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Friday, February 13th, 2009 - Department Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Tim Donohue, Director of the Great Lakes Bioenergy Center, UW-Madison, Department of Bacteriology.

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Tuesday, February 17th, 2009 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Troy Van Voorhis, MIT. “Exploring Electron Transfer: From Simple Photochemistry to Energy Conversion”

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Tuesday, February 24th, 2009 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Kristie Boering, University of California.

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Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Austen Angell, Arizona State University. “The Art and Science of Supercooling:” “Ideal Glassformers” vs “Ideal Glasses”

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Tuesday, March 10th, 2009 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Doug Weibel, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Biochemistry.

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Tuesday, March 10th, 2009 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Paul Hergenrother, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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Tuesday, March 31st, 2009 - McElvain Seminar in Physical Chemistry, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Sunney Xie, Harvard.

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Tuesday, March 31st, 2009 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Andrew Phillips, University of Colorado-Boulder.

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Friday, April 3rd, 2009 - Department Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Lawrence Dahl, UW-Madison.

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Monday, April 6th, 2009 - John E. Willard Lectures in Physical Chemistry, 1:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor James G. Anderson, Harvard University.

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Tuesday, April 7th, 2009 - John E. Willard Lectures in Physical Chemistry, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor James G. Anderson, Harvard University.

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Tuesday, April 14th, 2009 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Samuel T. Hess, University of Maine.

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Friday, April 17th, 2009 - Department Colloquium, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Dr. Helmut Schwartz, Technische Universität Berlin, Institut für Chemie, and President, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.

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Tuesday, April 21st, 2009 - Bernstein Lectures in Physical Chemistry, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Raphael D. Levine, Hebrew University.

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Tuesday, April 21st, 2009 - Bernstein Lectures in Physical Chemistry, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Raphael D. Levine, Hebrew University.

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Thursday, April 23rd, 2009 - Organic Chemistry - Abbott Lectures, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Dave Evans, Harvard University.

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Tuesday, April 28th, 2009 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Professor Samuel I. Stupp, Northwestern University.

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Tuesday, April 28th, 2009 - Organic Chemistry Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Prof. William Roush, Scripps.

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Tuesday, May 5th, 2009 - Physical Chemistry Seminar, 11:00 a.m., Room 1315 Chemistry building. Professor Lewis Kay, University of Toronto.

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Tuesday May 5th, 2009 - Organic Chemistry Hirschmann Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Prof. Barry Trost, Stanford University.

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Wednesday, May 6 th, 2009 - Organic Chemistry Hirschmann Seminar, 3:30 p.m., Room 1315 Chemistry Building. Prof. Barry Trost, Stanford University.

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RECENT PUBLICATIONS

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

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Organic Lab Coordinator – half time position. The Chemistry Department at the University of Kansas welcomes applications for a half time Organic Lab Coordinator. Duties include coordination of the undergraduate organic laboratories, supervision of graduate students, and lecture demonstrations. Required qualifications: Doctorate in Chemistry or related field, one semester of supervisory experience and two years of teaching at the college level. The individual in this half time position is responsible for the Undergraduate Organic Chemistry Laboratories for approximately 500 students per semester. 70% - Coordination of undergraduate organic chemistry labs, to include the following: implementing current curricula and coordinating curricula development; ; maintain and schedule organic chemistry labs; maintain students' laboratory grades; assist faculty teaching organic laboratory courses with lecture demonstrations, examination scheduling, and grading; implement and maintain laboratory notebook and report-writing requirements for organic chemistry laboratory courses; Serve as a substitute teacher if necessary in any of the organic labs. 15% design and test new organic chemistry lab experiments and integrate them into the curricula; organize, evaluate, and develop multimedia and technology resources for undergraduate organic laboratory courses. 15% assign, train and supervise GTAs in organic chemistry labs; design and administer grading policies for use by organic chemistry TAs; Required Qualifications: PhD Degree in Chemistry or related field; Two years of supervisory experience; Minimum of two years teaching at the College Level; Excellent oral and written skills as evidence by cover letter and resume. Preferred Qualifications: Organic chemistry teaching experience; Experience in developing and/or performing chemical demonstrations; Strong interpersonal skills; Professional Exempt (Salaried). Review of applications begins November 18, 2008. For a complete job description and to: apply go to http://jobs.ku.edu and search for position 00207193.

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FACULTY POSITIONS/TEMPORARY FACULTY/ACADEMIC POSITIONS

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None For This Newsletter

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POSTDOCTORAL POSITIONS AND/OR JOBS

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Post-Doctoral Position – Photoremovable Protecting Groups. NIH Supported Project: Richard S. Givens, PI, Department of Chemistry, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS. The successful applicant for the post-doctoral position open in the Givens group http://www2.chem.ku.edu/hnu/ will work on projects related to the synthesis of new photoactive protecting groups and their photorelease characteristics. The applicant should have a strong background and experienced in organic synthesis. A well-grounded understanding of physical organic chemistry is required. While a working knowledge of photochemistry is not required, it would be helpful. The salary for this half-time position will be commensurate with the experience of the successful applicant. The position is available initially for a period of one year and the expected starting date is between January 1, 2009 and March 15, 2009. Applications should include: A cover letter, with a brief description on how the applicant’s background fits the description of the position; A Curriculum Vita; Name and contact information of three references. Applications should be sent as pdf files to: givensr@ku.edu or Richard S. Givens, Professor, Department of Chemistry, University of Kansas, 5010 Malott Hall, 1251 Wescoe Hall Dr., Lawrence, KS 66045-7582, phone: 785 864 3846. Applications will be considered from November 15th onwards until the position is filled.

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